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ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, many events are being rescheduled for a later date, converted into virtual venues, or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.
05 Nov 2020 - 07 Nov 2020

Microbiology

Image: The signal of SMOLT is generated by the displacement of micron-size beads tethered by DNA long-probes that are between 1 and 7 microns long. The molecular extension of thousands of DNA probes is determined with sub-micron precision using a robust, rapid and low-cost optical approach (Photo courtesy of Scanogen).

Single-Molecule Tethering Detects Nucleic Acids and Microorganisms

Detection of microbial nucleic acids in body fluids has become the preferred method for rapid diagnosis of many infectious diseases. However, culture-based diagnostics that are time-consuming remain the gold standard approach in certain cases, such as sepsis. More...
29 Oct 2020
Image: The AFIAS-6 (AFIAS-automated fluorescent immunoassay system) is an automated fluorescent immunoassay system that uses blood, urine, and other samples to measure quantitatively or semi-quantitatively the concentration of targeted analyte (Photo courtesy of Boditech Med Inc).

New Diagnostic Tests for Rotavirus and Norovirus Infections Evaluated

Acute gastroenteritis is one of the most impactful and common infectious diseases, accounting for millions of deaths annually in young children. Rotavirus and norovirus are leading causes of acute viral gastroenteritis spread through fecal to oral transmission. More...
21 Oct 2020
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Image: The BD FACSymphony A5 flow cytometer (Photo courtesy of BD Biosciences).

MAIT Cell Activation Dynamics Associated with COVID-19 Disease Severity

The balance between protective versus pathological immune responses in COVID-19 has been a concern since the onset of the pandemic. SARS-CoV-2 infection can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a condition characterized by aggressive inflammatory responses in the lower airways. More...
13 Oct 2020
Image: Yellow color shows thiamine degradation on an agar plate of cultured Paenibacillus thiaminolyticus (Photo courtesy of Catherine A. Richter, PhD).

Bacterium and Viral Coinfection Contributes to Postinfectious Hydrocephalus

Neonatal sepsis often precedes postinfectious hydrocephalus (PIH), although the manifestations of hydrocephalus typically emerge in the months after the neonatal period as sufficient cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates such that cranial expansion garners medical attention. More...
12 Oct 2020
Image: The ACL TOP 750 analyzer is for advanced automation and quality management in hemostasis testing (Photo courtesy of Instrumentation Laboratory).

Elevated Clotting Factor V Found with Severe COVID-19

Coagulopathy causes morbidity and mortality in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) infection. Most doctors now know that COVID-19 can cause blood clots, potentially leading to paralysis, stroke, heart attack and death. More...
08 Oct 2020
Image: The Applied Biosystems ViiA 7 Real-Time PCR System combines all of the qPCR features in a single high performance instrument (Photo courtesy of Thermo Fisher Scientific).

Blood-Based Test Accurately Identifies Viral Infection Before Symptoms Develop

Acute viral infections are one of the most common reasons for visits to primary care physicians in high-income countries. The usefulness of traditional pathogen-focused diagnostic methods for viral infection (e.g., culture, serology, antigen detection, and PCR) is limited by the fact they can be slow, costly, and restricted in terms of breadth of pathogens detected. More...
07 Oct 2020
Image: Scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the USA, emerging from the surface of cells (pink) cultured in the laboratory (Photo courtesy of NIAID-RML).

RBC Distribution Width Associated with COVID-19 Mortality Risk

COVID-19 has a high rate of hospitalization, critical care requirement, and mortality. Identifying patients at highest risk for severe disease is important to facilitate early, aggressive intervention and to manage local hospital resources to mitigate the critical care crises that have impacted some hospital systems. More...
06 Oct 2020


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